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ARENAS GETS TRIPLE-DOUBLE IN LOSS
Gilbert Arenas had 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists in the Wizards' 114-113 home loss to the Pacers. It was the third triple-double by an NBA player this season, following LeBron James on October 28 and Rafer Alston on November 13. All three players lost their games. Last season, NBA teams with a player scoring a triple-double were 25-5.
Washington has now lost its last four games in which one of its players had a triple-double. The Wizards were 0-3 in Caron Butler's "triples" in 2007-2008.
PACERS + WIZARDS = LOTS OF POINTS
The Pacers and Wizards have averaged a combined 222.2 points in their six meetings since New Year's Day, 2008. That's the highest-scoring series between any two Eastern Conference teams over that span.
DAMPIER'S ALL-AROUND GAME
Erick Dampier made all seven field-goal attempts and pulled down 18 rebounds in the Mavericks' 98-97 overtime win over the Bobcats. Only three other players in the last 25 years have gone 7-for-7 or better while grabbing at least 18 rebounds in a game: Houston's Otis Thorpe in 1994, Atlanta's Dikembe Mutombo in 1999 and New Orleans' Tyson Chandler in 2007.
MONTA ELLIS, IRON MAN
Monta Ellis played all 48 minutes in the Warriors' loss. It was the fifth time this season that Ellis played an entire game. In the last 35 years, only two other players have had five or more complete games before Christmas: Michael Finley in 1999-2000 (6) and Latrell Sprewell in 1993-1994 (9).
18-3 LAKERS NO PROBLEM FOR UTAH
The Lakers brought an 18-3 record into Salt Lake City Saturday night but left with a 102-94 loss. The Jazz are now 78-44 (.639) at home under Jerry Sloan against teams at least 15 games over .500, including a current six-game win streak. The only team with a better record over that span (Sloan's Utah debut was December 9, 1988) is the Suns (92-47, .662).
KOBE'S POOR THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Kobe Bryant was 1-for-9 (.111) from three-point range in the Lakers' loss at Utah. That was Bryant's worst percentage from downtown in 59 career games with at least nine three-point attempts.
ALDRIDGE: 31-11 IN 52 MINUTES
LaMarcus Aldridge played 52 minutes, scoring 31 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in the Trail Blazers' 108-101 loss at Milwaukee. It had been 12 years since a Portland player had at least 30 points, 10 rebounds and 50 minutes in a game. On November 14, 1997, three Blazers - Arvydas Sabonis, Isaiah Rider and Brian Grant - did it in a quadruple-overtime loss to the Suns.
RONDO DISHES ON THE ROAD
Rajon Rondo handed out 14 assists in the Celtics' 106-80 win at Chicago. It was Rondo's third road game with exactly 14 assists this calendar year. Before 2009, no Celtics player had that many assists away from Boston since Antoine Walker on February 12, 2002.
T-WOLVES BLOWN-OUT AGAIN
The Kings beat the Timberwolves, 120-100. It was Minnesota's sixth loss by at least 20 points this season, the most in the NBA. By comparison, the 2-21 Nets have only one 20-point loss in 2009-2010.
VILLANUEVA'S BIG GAME OFF THE BENCH
Charlie Villanueva had 24 points and 9 rebounds off the bench in the Pistons' 104-95 win over the Warriors. In the last 10 years, only one other Detroit substitute has matched both those totals in a game. Antonio McDyess had 26 points and 14 rebounds against the Hornets in April, 2004.
A RARE BIG LEAD LOST BY SUNS
The Suns led, 60-47 at halftime at Denver but lost, 105-99. Phoenix had won its last 34 games when leading by at least ten points at the half, which was the second-longest active streak in the NBA behind the Lakers (52).
KOVALEV'S FIRST HAT TRICK IN YEARS
Alex Kovalev scored three goals, including the game-winner with 3:04 left in the third period, in the Senators' 4-2 victory against the Hurricanes. It was Kovalev's 11th career hat trick and his first since Jan. 25, 2003, when he scored three goals for the Penguins against the Blackhawks. Kovalev's 11 hat tricks tie him with Owen Nolan and Ilya Kovalchuk for second-most among active players, behind Teemu Selanne's 21.
BERTUZZI SCORES IN OT FOR SECOND STRAIGHT DAY
Todd Bertuzzi scored in overtime to give the Red Wings a 3-2 victory over the Ducks on Friday, and Saturday's script was the same as Bertuzzi's goal 24 seconds into the extra period earned Detroit a 3-2 win in Nashville. Bertuzzi is the fourth player to score regular-season overtime goals on two consecutive days since the NHL introduced the 5:00 OT format in 1983. The other players to do that were the Rangers' Tom Poti (Dec. 29-30, 2003), the Flyers' Sami Kapanen (Dec. 28-29, 2005) and the Devils' Jamie Langenbrunner (Jan. 29-30, 2009).
DEVILS ROOKIE SCORES TWO GOALS IN FIRST PERIOD
Niclas Bergfors scored a pair of goals in the first period of the Devils' 4-1 win over the Flyers. Bergfors is only the third New Jersey rookie to score two first-period goals in one game. The first two were Greg Adams (March 3, 1985 vs. Flyers) and Scott Gomez (Dec. 26, 1999 at Rangers). The only other NHL rookie with a two-goal first period this season is the Islanders' John Tavares (Nov. 13 at Carolina).
NIELSEN ENDS OT QUICKLY
Frans Nielsen scored 24 seconds into overtime to earn the Islanders a 3-2 win against the Bruins. It was the earliest OT goal by an Islanders player since Oct. 21, 2006, when defenseman Tom Poti scored at the 23-second mark of overtime against Carolina.
DUCKS ROOKIE HAS THREE-GAME GOAL-SCORING STREAK
Anaheim rookie Dan Sexton, who made his NHL debut on December 4, scored a goal for the third consecutive game in the Ducks' 3-1 win at Columbus. Sexton is the third rookie with a three-game goal-scoring streak this season, joining the Islanders' John Tavares (Nov. 13-16) and Colorado's Matt Duchene (Nov. 28-Dec. 2).
BRYZGALOV BEATS SHARKS AGAIN
Ilya Bryzgalov made 37 saves in his 2-1 win over San Jose on Saturday night. It was Bryzgalov's second win in two games versus the Sharks this season and his seventh victory against them in his three seasons with the Coyotes. Marty Turco (7) is the only other goaltender with as many wins against San Jose over the last three seasons as Bryzgalov.
KALETA'S FIRST TWO-GOAL GAME
Buffalo native Patrick Kaleta scored two goals to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 Sabres win against the Rangers in New York. It was the first multiple-goal game for Kaleta in his four seasons in the NHL. In fact, Kaleta recorded two points in a game only once before, when he had a goal and an assist in the Sabres' 6-2 win over the Red Wings on October 13 this season.
NCAA Men's Basketball
JAYHAWKS BLOW OUT EXPLORERS
Kansas beat LaSalle, 90-65. It was the Jayhawks' seventh win by at least 25 points this season, the most such wins by any school. Over the last four seasons (since 2006-07), Kansas has won 35 regular-season games by a margin of 25 or more points, also the most in the country over that span. Next-most is Memphis, with 34.